Trust signs up to Choice and Medication website

Thousands of people in the North East could be helped by the release of a website that provides information about medicines used to treat mental health conditions.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW), a provider of mental health and disability services and one of only two in the country to be rated as outstanding by the CQC, has announced  the launch of a new ‘Choice and Medication’ website http://www.choiceandmedication.org/ntw/

Matt Haggerty, Lead Pharmacist Quality and Safety at NTW said “The Trust has recently subscribed to Choice and Medication, an independent information resource about medicines for mental health problems.  This is an exciting opportunity for patients, carers and healthcare professionals to obtain independent information about medicines for mental health conditions, to help make shared decisions with health professionals about choosing the right treatments.”

“The website provides answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about mental health conditions and medicines.  It is constantly updated in line with changing UK treatment guidelines and safety advice.”

Conditions covered include; alcohol dependence, alcohol withdrawal, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, alzheimer’s, bipolar depression, bipolar mood disorder, dementia, depression, eating disorder, epilepsy, hypomania, insomnia, mania, obsessive compulsive disorder, opiate dependence, opiate withdrawal, panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, psychiatric emergency, psychosis, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, seasonal affective disorder and social anxiety.

The website offers at least 30 questions and answers on over 150 medicines used in mental health, also at least 14 questions and answers on 22 mental health conditions.

Further information may be obtained from the Trust’s Pharmacy Medicines Helpline (0191 245 6604) or Patient Information Centre, which has produced an award winning series of mental health self-help guides. Independent information and health advice is also available from NHS Choices website http://www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx